Hello from Milwaukee! Life has been super crazy lately. This week is midterms and since I'm taking seven classes, it's been pretty hellish! Last Tuesday, though, Ryan and I had a mini mardi gras night. After my classes, I went to the student union to make a glitter mask and collected several strings of beads I don't know what to do with now. That night, we set aside time for cooking. We made sausage jumbalaya and corn maque choux. I used my mom's jumbalaya recipe and combined her corn one with another I found online, and it turned out pretty good!
I started cooking the bacon while Ryan chopped up onions and bell peppers.
I used a large pot for the jambalaya since we decided to double the recipe so we could both take home lots of leftovers! We sauteed a large onion, 2 large bell peppers, and a mound of minced garlic in olive oil until the onion started to turn translucent. Then we added 2 pounds of sliced sausage and let that sit for a couple minutes so the sausage absorbed some flavor. Lastly, we added 5 cups of chicken broth, 2 cups of dry white rice, 2 cans of diced tomatoes, and 2 TBS of Cajun seasoning. We brought it to a boil and then lowered it to a simmer for 25 minutes until the rice was finished cooking.
For the corn maque choux, we cooked the whole 1 pound pack of bacon and saved the grease. We added half a stick of butter (okay, actually a whole stick, but I recommend reducing it unless you add more corn!!) and sauteed 1 large onion and 1 large bell pepper in it. While this was happening, I chopped up the bacon into little pieces and probably ate a couple slices from all my snacking. Once the veggies were soft, I added 3.5 cups of corn (2 cans), 1 TBS of Cajun seasoning, a 1/2 cup of half n' half, and the bacon pieces. I let it simmer until the half n' half reduced and it smelled amazing.
The finished sausage jambalaya...
And the finished corn maque choux...
I've been craving some Cajun food since our Cajun cookout last fourth of July! I'm going to tweak the corn maque choux recipe next time I make it, but what we made hit the spot last Tuesday! We rounded off the meal with some pinot grigio and had a great night setting aside our schoolwork for a few hours.
If any of you are also going through midterms this week, happy studying! I will try to get into a more regular posting schedule once these midterms are over. I'm planning some more spotlight Milwaukee and college life posts, and will also have some travels to share since I'm actually going somewhere for spring break for the first time in four years! I will also touch base with where I'm at with my New Year's resolutions, since we're almost a quarter through the new year. Until next time! Thanks for reading!
Hi my name is Emilee and these are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!